We love our simple, economical lifestyle in Mexico and today we celebrate 50 days on the road as Nomads. We are supposed to be in Guatemala learning Spanish….properly
No wait – back up – we aren’t supposed to be anywhere. We can be where we like – I just momentarily forgot that.
You know what I like – I like the vitality and beauty of the streets, the thrill of trying to understand Spanish and making Mexican friends, the challenge of understanding a culture so different from our own…the list of reasons goes on.
And you know what else I like – Mexico is real, it doesn’t purposely design ‘tourist’ attractions where camera snapping high heeled tourists frequent – even if I might be a little bit camera snappy ( I can’t help it I have a new camera) I don’t do high heels these days!
So what am I doing everyday in Mexico?
I am writing this blog!
I am learning the tech side of the blog… It’s a learning curve.
I get mad and swear. Des tries to help.
I still get mad.
I am taking photos – I love taking photos.
We are looking after the cute pooches Rosie the Redhead and Lucas the Blondie.
I am trying to eat tacos, some are good and some are ghastly. I cannot eat tamales – they taste like rice pudding and god my mother knows rice pudding makes me sick.
I am wandering the streets – I look like a foreigner.
I look in every religious building – I can’t help myself.
I am doing my end of year tax – thank god that’s done
We live out of a suitcase and a few Kathmandu packing cells. We still have too much luggage. We walk most places – I am still fat. We drink beer everyday. Jack is expensive. Sometimes we catch the bus – it’s 50c. Sometimes we catch a taxi – it’s $3.
Sometimes we only eat 2 meals a day. We eat simple food, we do not have a cupboard full of sauces, condiments and supplies. We carry white vinegar to kill the germs on our veges. We buy 4 gallons of water for $1.00.We sometimes have to cook our coffee in the microwave. (it’s ok don’t panic). We eat very well.
The dopey flies are always landing on me. We don’t need a car, we don’t spend $100 filling the petrol tank. We have no power bills.We don’t always have a washing machine to play with. We have to put the toilet paper in a little bin beside the toilet, Des empties it.
We’re itching right now – Mosquitos or Fleas we’re not sure yet. The birds sing loudly every morning – they’re mexican birds what do you expect. There is a cockroach or 2 in our room sometimes.
Pineapples are a sweet breakfast at $2 each.
There are still horse and carts used in everyday life. There is a gas delivery truck that plays a snappy little mr whippy type jingle.
We’ve been shopping – we spent $13.88.
We bought 4 small souvenirs and 2 tiny purses for our girls.
I also have a new pr of shoes – they were $2 at Walmart – they are violet jandals!
I now own 3 prs of shoes, no wait – they are not shoes they are sandals, they stop the scorpions from biting my feet. I don’t use a hairdryer anymore. I sometimes use a bobby clip in my hair!
I don’t use hair conditioner anymore. I don’t wear a watch.
My office is where my computer sits, I have to share with Des, on the bed, on the deck, on a table with a chair if I am very lucky!
We have new friends from Korea, Colombia Portland,Texas and Lake Chapala.
And there are some seriously cool pooches here…The spending plan is working – we still have money.
Here is what we spent:
Accommodation average $22 a night
Food average $31 a day
Transport average $15 a day
Internet and Phone $1.86 a day
Misc average $9 a day